Friday, December 15, 2006

Speck Skintight iPod Mini Armband

I bought this used at Amazon after reading reviews for numerous iPod mini armbands. I had been tempted to get a 1GB iPod 2nd gen Shuffle (the tiny silver thing, $80), but after much thinking, I knew I'd miss the 4GB capacity. Then, I thought about getting a Nano, but there was nothing wrong with old Blue-y besides it dragging my shorts during runs.

So this was a $14 solution, and so far, it has been really great. Unlike other armbands I've owned, this one stays on my arm and doesn't even slip when I sweat (which gets extreme after a while). It comes with a thick skin, something I should have bought a long time ago, and a slit to shove the leftover headphone wire. Annnd, the velcro is secure yet peels off easily.

Note: As of 04/27/07, I am no longer using this because I got a new iPod.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Saucony Grid Trigon 3 Guide -- mileage as of 07/30/08 = 485/500

These shoes were recommended by a salesperson at A Snail's Pace.

I ordered these Saucony Grid Trigon 3 Guide shoes (a mouthful) from eBay in a size 9 wide (yeah, keep your comments to yourself). Having grown up running in the cheapest shoes ever, this was so luxurious... I must say that the shock absorption is pretty good. However, that wore out quickly, as it does with most other shoes.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Gatorade Endurance Formula

This is a tasty, salty, more condensed but calorically identical form of regular Gatorade. I had two sample powder packs of this, which lasted me about 3-4 long runs. They worked wonderfully during training; they gave me the energy to push through the long runs. I drank anywhere from 8-16 oz at a time, though I tend to dilute mine more than is usual.

Note: I don't like Gatorade in any other flavor but lime, but I think this formula comes in Orange also.

Runtember


Bananas & Oranges: a perfect fruit team?

I am going to try to start eating these more regularly during training. I had a piece of banana during the marathon, and I learned that it goes down pretty easily. After my calf-cramping episode, I realized that these two are given during races to balance electrolytes, potassium to be exact. Sodium and potassium need to be in balance, and if you're drinking Gatorade, there's your sodium. An imbalance can lead to cramping. Sounds simple enough.

Bagel-lees!

Thanks to whomever invented bagels. My favorite is blueberry, and I only like the outside parts, meaning that soft ones are better (I can more easily remove the "crust"). This is good pre-run (in very small amounts) and especially post-run. I like carbs SO much...

Powerbar Gel

I ate this during training as well as the marathon. It is supposed to have caffeine in it for an extra boost. Gels are never pleasant, and you gotta get used to them before a race. These were okay; I think I prefer Clif because the salty taste is less apparent. But strawberry is certainly a decent flavor for a gel.

Clif Shot

I had my first ones at the LA Marathon, although I attempted to eat one during my first race and never went further than a peck. I cannot stand brown (chocolate, mocha) gels unless I really need them, so pictured is the strawberry one I had during the race. One packet usually lasts me 3 miles, so I end up carrying it to slosh it down with water. I like the fact that its packaging is hook-like, so it can easily be carried/pinned.

Clif Bars

I ate this the morning of my first marathon, though I have been eating these long before I started racing (for meal replacements). High in protein, they are satisfying with water. I'm not sure if the carb-dense things are good for running. They top out at about 250 calories for the small piece, so they probably won't upset digestion if you're trying to fuel up. My favorite flavor is below.


They also come in (of the ones I've tried, favorites first):

Blueberry, Chocolate Brownie, Iced Gingerbread, Carrot Cake, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Banana Nut Bread, Peanut Toffee Buzz, Apricot, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chip

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Long Beach ICB Half-Marathon 2006

EVENT: Long Beach International City Bank Half-Marathon
DATE: Sunday, October 15, 2006
LOCATION: Long Beach, CA
RACE BEGAN: 7:30 am
FINISH TIME: 02:19:13






RATINGS:

Expo: # # #
Course: # # # # #
Weather: # # # # #
T-Shirt: # # # #
Medal: # # #
Support: # # # #

COURSE:

Route
Flyer (front)
Flyer (back)

RESULTS:

Results Page



COMMENTS:

The bad thing about autumn runs is training in the bloody hot summer, especially one that involved an internship, school, and moving back home. Needless to say, I probably only got in 10-15 miles a week. During the week before the race, I was so busy that I didn't run at all. That, combined with an uneasy stomach that lasted a week, did not bode for a good race.

I came with the mentality that this was just going to be another run. Since this was my second race, the pre-running jitters were much subsided from the first. Around the third mile, I realized that I did not train enough and acknowledged that I would soon be walking. However, in spite of it all, I did not walk besides the slowing through the water stations. Still, I came in three minutes later than last time, which sort of disappointed me. But then again, I'm sure training lengthens your stride, so although I did not walk like last time, my steps were a whole lot shorter and maybe less quick.

My legs were burning through the last mile and a half. I must remember that sensation the next time I try to run a race so undertrained.

When the race was done, I could not eat the naranjas (oranges) or bagel skins (see the picture) fast enough.

The race was otherwise nice. We had a good view of the Queen Mary and the Long Beach shoreline. The overcast weather was perfect for a race. And... the course was flat! There was good support out there in the areas that were not as scenic. I also recall bands, though they were not particularly striking.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Saddleback Memorial Half-Marathon 2006

EVENT: Saddleback Memorial Half-Marathon 2006
DATE: Monday, May 29, 2006
LOCATION: Laguna Hills, CA
RACE BEGAN: 7:30 am
FINISH TIME: 02:16:05







COURSE:

Route check out them hills

RESULTS:

Results Page


COMMENTS:

This was my first race since the 400 m dashes in high school. Still determined to one day run a marathon, I figured that this would be a good gauge, and Sister #1 came up with another one of her hard-to-resist hair-brained schemes to run this. my first medal

I started training in late March, so basically two months prior. I was using the Hal Higdon program found here. Prior to all of this, the most I had really run was three miles. Only 10.1 to go.

Most of my training runs were in the morning before class, and by morning, I mean I was out of bed by 5:30 am some days and was all cleaned up, refueled, and in class by 8:30 am. The weather was often cold to the point that my arms would numb during my runs, but things started to change as May came. I had to start wearing hats on my runs.

Race day was VERY hot, probably around 80 degrees. Anything above 60 is too hot for running, as I get too warm easily. Also, the course, as you might be able to see from the elevation profile above, was tough and hilly. I had to walk after the eighth mile or so... too much heat, too many hills, and boonie brush as my only visual stimuli (which is bad, since I normally wear glasses and am pretty blind when I'm running).

Since this was my first race, I didn't know that running in the middle of the road was best and how to take advantage of the water/Gookinaid (cheap Gatorade imitation) and gel stations. I at first had to dodge the cups people were throwing around after drinking.

But, after crossing that pad, having my timing chip cut off, and being medal-ed, I felt accomplished and relieved. My racing virginity was lost.


Monday, March 6, 2006

Nike Air Max Conquer II - mileage as of 04/25/07 = 400+/500

This is a shoe I got the week after the marathon I saw my sisters run. I had run three miles on the track only to end up with much foot pain. Limping, I went to the closing shoe store on campus and found these for 60% off. Even so, they were the most expensive pair of shoes I had to date. There was only one pair left in that store, which explains why I'd pick a pink pair in a size 10. It seemed to work, though, and I'm sure saved me from a lot of pain. Plus, its shininess can't be beaten!

For the most part, they are great. I need a bit more arch support, though. Two half-marathons and two damaged toenails later, I still run in these occasionally, as they are still in pretty good condition. Not that these are totally not the right shoes for me, but I think they are good up until a certain distance (probably around 10 miles).